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    Community has internalised the Shabbos Project

    Nov 02, 2017 Go comment!
    It is deeply moving to watch how the Shabbos Project has matured here in South Africa over the last five years. It has become part of the fabric of our community, and touches almost every one of us in a real and meaningful way. I saw this so clearly during Sukkot, when my wife and I hosted the student leaders of the various Jewish day schools in our Sukkah. Three even came from Cape Town to be part of the gathering, which was devoted to brain-storming and galvanising to work together for the Shabbos Project. I was struck by the warmth, energy and enthusiasm of these young grade 11 leaders who love the Shabbos Project and what it does for our community. It made me realise how much the Shabbos Project has entered our hearts and minds.
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    • ShabbosProjectChrisMcArthur

    Shabbos is hard work

    Nov 02, 2017 Go comment!
    The product of a Roman Catholic father and a Jewish mother who, herself, had a Roman Catholic father, I have the privilege and burden of existing in two of the three major Abrahamic traditions.
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    An eternity in an instant

    Nov 02, 2017 Go comment!
    As exams approached, and the stresses of being a first year UCT engineering student studying away from home began to catch up with me and I was feeling stressed for time, Shabbos had always been a time to take a step back from the stresses of day-to-day life, and truly reflect on what is important; spending uninterrupted time with family, discussing Torah thoughts around the dinner table, and finding a sense of pure spiritual connection in shul.
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    • ShabbosProjectJoGlanville

    A year later and a real understanding dawns

    Nov 02, 2017 1 Comment
    My first Shabbos Project was last year and the conclusion to a difficult stretch. My partner, Rory, and I had fumbled our way into Cape Town from Johannesburg and were a little shell-shocked by the instant disappearance of the helping hands and compassionate ears we had become so accustomed to. At the risk of alienating some locals… man, Capetonians can be icy.
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    Soccer boss donates Torah

    Jun 22, 2017 Go comment!
    Stanley Matthews is known for being past Premier Soccer League CEO and currently CEO of top football club SuperSport United, but few would expect him to be buying and donating a Sefer Torah to a shul.
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    Chief Rabbi’s appeal for a fast for rain

    May 25, 2017 4 Comments
    Cape Town is brown and dry and running out of water fast. The province has been declared a disaster area. Many Jewish Capetonians were grateful for Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein’s call earlier this week for all South African Jews to do a half-day fast for rain in Cape Town.
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    Chief Rabbi changes prayer for the country

    Apr 28, 2017 2 Comments
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has changed the Prayer for the Republic of South Africa - a prayer rabbis say every Saturday morning in shul.
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    Following Jewish path of ‘original Christians’

    Mar 16, 2017 Go comment!
    Chloé Valdary - who was born and raised in New Orleans - was only six when she was introduced to Judaism when her father switched from being a Baptist to a non-denominational faith.
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    Sinai Indaba refreshes and innovates

    Mar 03, 2017 Go comment!
    Sinai Indaba’s launch in Cape Town last weekend drew far more young people - school kids and university students alike - than in previous years because many had been unable to attend because of exam commitments. There was a special Sinai Indaba youth track, “Sinai Next”, that catered specifically to high-school learners.
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    Nissim Black finds spiritual answers in his Judaism

    Mar 02, 2017 Go comment!
    Nissim Black wears his heart on his sleeve. That heart, like everything about him, is warm and large, and that sleeve is on a black, silk chassidic caftan - far removed from the oversized T-shirts, baggy tracksuit bottoms, and bling he sported on his first foray into hip-hop, yet worn with the same air of unquestionable cool.
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    • Wits Hebrew

    Hebrew Society at Wits is finally approved

    Feb 03, 2017 Go comment!
    A group of Wits students of all religions were elated on Monday after hearing that their application to form a Hebrew Society had been approved at the eleventh hour. With orientation week, commonly known as “O-week” set to begin on campus next Monday, January 30, clubs and societies set up shop to attract members and, had the approval not been granted this week, it would have delayed the students’ plans for a year.
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    • SuzanneBernhard

    Plaque at Torah Academy in memory of Rabbi Bernhard

    Feb 02, 2017 1 Comment
    They came from near and far to pay tribute to the memory of Rabbi Nachman Meir Bernhard - Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, Rabbi Mendel Lipskar, head of the Lubavitch Foundation, many rabbonim, and Rabbi Bernhard’s wife Joan, his children from South Africa, Israel and the US, to witness the unveiling of a plaque in the rabbi’s memory at Torah Academy Primary School.
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    Small, isolated Jewish communities, strong in a united stand

    Feb 02, 2017 1 Comment
    They came together from all over sub-Saharan Africa - South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Mauritius and Kenya - to discuss the theme “Independence and Isolation - Combining Two Forces”, gathering in Cape Town for a mini conference of the African Jewish Congress, last week Sunday.
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    Bravery of a Japanese diplomat at exhibition

    Feb 02, 2017 1 Comment
    “Sugihara didn’t only save my grandfather, he also saved me. Because if not for Sugihara I may very well not be standing here today.” These were the words of Rebbetzen Sarah Feldman of the Gardens Synagogue in Cape Town, speaking on Monday at the opening of the Jewish Refugees in Shanghai exhibition at the South African Jewish Museum. Her grandfather, Rabbi Shimon Goldman, hailed from the city of Shedlitz in Poland.
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    First female chairman of Constantia Shul

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    Hayley Pogrund has been elected the first woman chairman of the Constantia Hebrew Congregation in its 34-year history. Though not the first female member to occupy this position in an Orthodox synagogue, the occurrence is sufficiently rare as to be noteworthy.
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    • MarleneBethlehemHannover

    Be vigilant against renewed spectre of racism

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    The shadow of the Second World War and the Holocaust in particular had not lifted entirely, according to stalwart South African communal leader and currently president of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture in New York, Marlene Bethlehem, speaking in Hannover, Germany, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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    Sad end to Durban’s Great Synagogue

    Feb 02, 2017 1 Comment
    Tinged with nostalgia and sadness, last Sunday members of the Great Synagogue in Silverton Road in Durban, attended a special valedictory service on the shul’s closing. Addressing the gathering, spiritual leader Rabbi Pinchas Zekry, spoke of the mixed feelings accompanying the closing down of this magnificent shul.
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    • MargotHolocaust

    Present generations must keep remembrance of the Shoah

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    International Holocaust Remembrance Day was commemorated in South Africa in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
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    KDLHS launches ‘Advocates for Israel’ initiative

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    On February 3 King David Linksfield High School will be launching an innovative initiative they have dubbed “Advocates for Israel”. The goal of the initiative is to empower learners at the school to be able to defend Israel, says Amber Sandler, the school’s head girl.
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    Chief Rabbi Goldstein in Berlin

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    A singular honour befell South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, when in January he was called upon to deliver the prestigious annual Hildesheimer Lecture at the Law School of Humboldt University in Berlin.
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